The pop star goes femme fatale in the visuals for her new track “Physical” – which sees her ripping out boys’ hearts and going full-on anime. We love to see it. Taken from her highly-anticipated album Future Nostalgia, the club-ready track meshes simmering synths and propulsive rhythms, laid over a retro 80s electro-pop undercurrent. And the music video is a gyrating Pantone dream. See it to believe it.
Dua Lipa goes femme fatale, and Ryan Beatty solidifies his place as queer pop’s next hope.
Dua Lipa – “Physical”
The Hour – “Overdue”
There’s a few ways to keep intrigue amongst your fanbase, and The Hour have opted for the less than conventional route with masked identities to keep the focus very much trained on their soaring alt-pop. And “Overdue” is the latest heartfelt offering to come from the mysterious outfit – a deeply personal track taken from their upcoming project Fathers. “Overdue is about losing a child before it’s born,” explains the Hour. “It’s about longing for something so badly for so long, only for it to be lost before it ever comes to pass. It’s about love and hope and trying to move forward as best we can.”
OTHERLiiNE – “One Line”
From the very first opening bars, “One Line” builds and builds with increasingly layered production, to an eventual deeply chest-shuddering crescendo. In case you’ve been hidden under a rock, OTHERLiiNE is the joint venture of George FitzGerald and Lil Silva – and their latest track is a textured club-banger, all mesmerising loops on top of ambient house and techno.
Ryan Beatty – “Evergreen”
Every so often, along comes such spine-chilling pop of such heavenly fortitude that it fully stops you in your tracks – and the emotional intensity of Ryan Beatty, a former YouTube prodigy turned into queer pop’s next hope – is truly boundary-pushing. Taken from his album Dreaming of David, new release “Evergreen” pulses and breaks slowly like a sunset coming through the clouds, and then, out of nowhere, an explosive jungle break sends you veering off course, a surprise attack exposing the album’s bloody, pulse-raising core. “Making this album felt like moulding clay – malleable, slow and meticulous – it taught me perseverance, patience and to listen to the world around me,” explains the Californian artist.
Wuh Oh – “How Do You Do It?”
For something to send the heart rate soaring, step into the wonderfully weird world of Glaswegian producer Wuh Oh, with his penchant for clashing production amidst bone-shaking hyper-modern pop. Taking inspiration from tastemakers of the likes of Chemical Brothers, Kanye West and Daft Punk, this certainly isn’t an artist that plays by the rules.